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Auction 191, Lot 587

Superb Plan of the Walled Fortress of the Kremlin

"Kremlenagrad, Castellum Urbis Moskvae", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Moscow, Russia

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14.8 inches
48.8 x 37.6 cm
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This beautiful rendering illustrates the Kremlin - the heart of Moscow's inner walled fortress. A key provides information on 32 individual buildings and the extensive fortifications. The rivers and title also are named in Cyrillic Russian. The title cartouche is adorned with animal pelts and a unique compass rose orients the plan with west at top. This is one of two plans that Johannes Blaeu issued of Moscow. It is quite scarce, having only been issued in the Atlas Maior. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #Moskva:2.2.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a bright, watermarked sheet with professional repairs to some separations along the centerfold and soiling in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000


Closed on 2/8/2023